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New Yorkers take to the streets, demanding justice for Trayvon Martin.
For the past several days NYC has been ablaze. Fueled by racial and political discontent thousands of protesters have taken to the streets demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, a youth shot and killed by 28-year-old neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. Protesters are in agreement. They will not rest until Zimmerman is charged and tried for Trayvons death.
President Obama weighed in on the controversy for the first time this Friday, calling it a “tragedy”, invoking his own children: “If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon” “I can only imagine what the parents are going through” adding that he couldn’t help but think about his daughters.
With growing pressure and scrutiny Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed a task force to investigate the incident.
So far, several clues have surfaced against Zimmerman. Of those, he has been frequently referred to as an overzealous wanna-be cop. During the 911 call made by Zimmerman [Zimmerman] muttered words under his breath. Listeners say those words sounded like a racial slur. Zimmerman’s father is white. His mother is Hispanic.
“It sounds obvious to me,” said Donald Tibbs, a Drexel University law professor who specializes in civil rights and criminal procedure. “If that was a racial epithet that preceded the attack on Trayvon Martin, we definitely have a hate crime.”
On April 10th a grand jury will decide whether or not to pursue charges against Zimmerman.